Laws & Taxes

Laws & Taxes

Texas REALTORS® stand up for overtaxed property owners in White Deer ISD

The Texas Association of REALTORS® announced its full support of the lawsuit filed today in Carson County, Texas, that seeks to stop White Deer Independent School District from unlawfully collecting property taxes from property owners in the district


Assemblyman Ron Dancer has introduced legislation transforming the state’s senior freeze program, providing more immediate tax savings to senior citizens and reducing costs for New Jersey. Currently, eligible senior and disabled residents are reimbursed for a portion of property taxes paid in the previous year. Under Dancer’s bill (A4106), most qualifying homeowners will receive a credit directly applied to their tax bills for the current year

St. Louis County Board approves levy increase to invest in Children and Family Services

The St. Louis County Board has approved a preliminary property tax levy of $126,550,079, an increase of 8.5 percent for 2017. The increased money is needed to fund skyrocketing out-of-home placement costs and other investments in children and family se...

Property Tax Bills Arriving Soon

New Hanover County property owners will receive their tax bills in the mail in the coming days. Property taxes are due on September 1, but can be paid without interest until January 5, 2017

Attorney General Bondi Takes Action to Stop Foreclosure Fraud

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi today filed a court action to stop a group of non-lawyers operating an illegitimate foreclosure defense and loan modification law firm. Adam Forman, Joseph Hilton, aka Joseph Starr, Victor Spagnuolo and others, all of whom are not lawyers, operate the Asset Protection Law Firm, Heritage Law Group, Liberty Law Group,


This week, President Obama signed into law a provision authored by Congressman David E. Price (NC-04) and sponsored by Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) that modernizes the outdated formula used to distribute funds for the Housing Opportunities for ...

Statement from Governor Rauner on Property Tax Bills

Governor Rauner issued the following statement as many homeowners throughout Illinois face a deadline today to pay property taxes: "Illinois residents are being hit with record property tax increases in communities all around the state even though they...

Two downtown Ludington apartment buildings to be constructed using Low-Income Housing Tax Credits

Two new affordable apartment buildings will be constructed in downtown Ludington using Low-Income Housing Tax Credits from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. “This is great news for Ludington. Not only will this help several families facing housing problems, this will result in several properties being rehabilitated,” said Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart. “I’m glad that MSHDA stepped up to the plate and awarded this crucial funding that will help the Ludington community.”

Congress Passes Bipartisan Heitkamp-Heller Bill to Help Vulnerable Veterans Secure Housing

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today announced that the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives have passed bipartisan legislation she introduced with Republican Senator Dean Heller from Nevada to help vulnerable veterans secure housing. The bill now goes to the President’s desk to be signed into law

Mayor Walsh Announces Extension and Expansion of Senior Citizen Property Tax Work-Off Abatement

Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the extension of the Senior Citizen Property Tax Work-Off Abatement program. The tax work-off abatement law allows a city or town to establish a program giving property owners 60 years or older the opportunity to v...

NJBIA: Estate Tax Repeal Critical to TTF Compromise

The New Jersey Business & Industry Association said Wednesday repealing the estate tax must be part of any new legislative compromise on tax fairness. “Those who say the estate tax matters only to the wealthy are dead wrong,” said Michele Siekerka, NJBIA President and CEO. (Click here for NJBIA chart “Estate Tax: Myth vs. Fact.”)

Ulster County Executive Mike Hein Signs Local Laws To Increase Property Tax Exemptions For...

Ulster County Executive Mike Hein signed into law legislation that he previously proposed to enhance real property tax exemptions available to Ulster County Veterans. Based upon new exemption levels recently adopted by the New York State Legislature, t...

FY 2017 Preliminary Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Bills

2017 Real Estate and Personal Property Tax bills are being mailed on Thursday, June 30. These are three part bills with stubs for Quarter 1 due August 1st, and Quarter 2 due November 1st , plus a receipt for your records.

Governor Christie On School Funding: We Have A Way To Fix This And Lower...

Governor Christie: The people in this state are being driven from this state because of high property taxes. We know that. We also know that children across the state, especially in those 31 districts, are being driven from a productive, happy, successful future by a failed education system. Neither one of those things are acceptable to me. So now you know the governor has put forward what is now called a ‘radical’ school funding plan.

Housing Advocates Urge Legislators to “Build a Thriving NJ”

Housing advocates met with New Jersey Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney (pictured center) on the Senate Floor to urge support for greater investment in affordable homes and communities

Lake County seeks citizens to serve on the Value Adjustment Board

The Lake County Board of County Commissioners has an immediate opening for citizens to serve on the county’s Value Adjustment Board (VAB), an independent board which hears property owners’ appeals regarding property tax issues. To serve on this board, applicants must own homestead property in Lake County, and cannot work for a taxing authority nor as a tax agent before any Value Adjustment Board.


Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed S. 260, a bill designed to improve regional and town energy planning and to enhance community input into the siting of energy projects.

Register Vacant Property: It’s The Law

In an effort to keep Atlanta beautiful, Atlanta’s Code Enforcement Section is urging vacant property owners to register those properties with the City.

Estimate your property taxes at

Residents in 23 Idaho counties can estimate their 2016 property taxes by visiting the Idaho State Tax Commission’s website at The “Quick Picks” section on the home page links to a calculator that allows taxpayers to estimate what they will owe.

Honda Introduces Bipartisan Energy Storage Tax Relief

As our electrical grid is modernized and more renewable energy sources come on-line, the next wave of modernization is energy storage, which will allow residential and commercial consumers to stabilize utility costs, while providing consistent power, e...

As Grievance Day Approaches, NYS Tax Department Reminds Property Owners to Check Assessments

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today reminded property owners—homeowners and businesses—that now is the time to review their assessments.


A critical report on New Jersey’s online municipal tax lien auctions issued Tuesday by the State Commission of Investigation recommended a series of remedies contained in legislation (A2887) introduced by Assemblyman Ron Dancer in February.

Pallone Visits Solar Farm at Rutgers, Stresses Importance of Clean Power Plan, & Applauds...

Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), senior Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, visited the Rutgers Solar Farm in Piscataway on the 46th Earth Day to address the need for investments in clean energy in New Jersey and throughout the ...

AG Zoeller, Clark County Auditor Snelling warn about tax sale fraud targeting homeowners

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and Clark County Auditor Monty Snelling are joining forces to help prevent fraud targeting Hoosier homeowners. Zoeller said fraudsters have found ways to victimize homeowners who fall behind on their property taxes...

Merkley and Murray Announce Key Appropriations Win To Address Tribal Housing Needs In the...

U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Patty Murray of Washington announced today that the U.S. Senate is pressing the U.S. Army of Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) to move forward with construction of new tribal housing at historical fishing sites to...

NYS HCR & Tax Department Urge Eligible New Yorkers to Combine Their Tax Refunds...

Recipients of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) May Also Be Eligible for NYS’s First-Time Homebuyer Assistance. More than 1.5 Million New Yorkers Receiving the EITC are Income-Qualified for a SONYMA Mortgage and Down Payment Assistance Loan

You may be able to lower your property taxes; apply by April 18

April 18 is the last day this year to submit applications to your county assessor for a reduction in your 2016 property taxes. Those who qualify for Idaho’s Property Tax Reduction (Circuit Breaker) Program can get property taxes on their primary Idaho residence and up to one acre of land reduced by as much as $1,320. The state pays a portion of the homeowner’s property taxes

Tax-credit awards finance affordable housing statewide

Six new developments will add affordable housing through Washington State, thanks to an estimated $105 million in equity from Low-Income Housing Tax Credits allocated last week by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission


Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) Executive Director Karl Kilduff and CHFA Board Chairwoman and Department of Housing (DOH) Commissioner Evonne M. Klein, announced that CHFA’s Board of Directors has approved $7.1 million in Federal 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs) to six proposed affordable multifamily housing developments. These developments will result in 320 affordable rental units and 65 market rate units. The $7.1 million in LIHTCs are expected to generate more than $70 million private equity for the developments. The development of these properties is projected to generate 527 jobs and $175,680 million in economic activity.

Mayor Says No Property Tax Rate Increases Necessary for FY 2017

Citing higher property tax valuations this year, Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa said that he is proposing that the property tax rate in all categories remain flat this year, during his annual budget presentation before County Council members today.



Mayor London Breed Celebrates Groundbreaking of New Affordable Housing in the...

Mayor London N. Breed today joined community leaders to celebrate the groundbreaking of future affordable housing at 1950 Mission Street. Once completed, the project will offer 155 affordable apartments for families